March 02, 2004



ASTROS: Agreed to terms with OF Jason Lane on one-year contract.

DEVIL RAYS: Agreed to terms with OF Carl Crawford and P Seth McClung on one-year contracts.

INDIANS: Agreed to terms with IF Ben Broussard, P Fernando Cabrera, P Francisco Cruceta, OF Alex Escobar, P Mariano Gomez, P Cliff Lee, OF Ryan Ludwick, IF Ivan Ochoa, IF Brandon Phillips, P Jason Stanford and P Billy Traber on one-year contracts.

METS: Signed P Aaron Heilman to one-year contract.

ORIOLES: Agreed to terms with P Denny Bautista, OF Larry Bigbie, IF Jose Morban, P John Parrish, 2B Brian Roberts, P Eddy Rodriguez and P John Stephens on one-year contracts.

PHILLIES: Signed 2B Chase Utley to one-year contract.

REDS: Agreed to terms with P Jose Acevedo, P Brandon Claussen, OF Austin Kearns, IF Brandon Larson, IF Felipe Lopez and OF Stephen Smitherman on one-year contracts.


HAWKS: Placed G Chris Mills on injured list with stress reaction in right foot. Activated G Travis Hansen from injured list.

HORNETS: Activated G David Wesley from injured list. Placed G Bryce Drew on injured list with lower back spasms.

KNICKS: Placed G Moochie Norris on injured list with left Achilles' tendinitis.

MAGIC: Signed F Desmond Penigar to second 10-day contract.

WARRIORS: Placed G Nick Van Exel on injured list with left knee inflammation. Signed G Rusty LaRue to 10-day contract.

WIZARDS: Released G Brevin Knight.


AIR FORCE: Named Michael Bloomfield athletic director.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY: Announced retirement of Gary Strickler, athletic director, effective at end of school year.

DUQUESNE: Signed Danny Nee, men's basketball coach, to two-year contract extension through 2007-08.

EASTERN ILLINOIS: Fired Linda Wunder, women's basketball coach.

MARYLAND: G Kalika France was named ACC women's basketball Rookie of the Week.

NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL: Announced it will not renew contract of Phil Spence, men's basketball coach.

OKLAHOMA STATE: Announced C Trisha Skibbe has left women's basketball team.

WAGNER: Suspended senior basketball F Doug Viegas one game for unsportsmanlike conduct in Feb. 28 game against Mount St. Mary's.


BILLS: Released G Ruben Brown.

BEARS: Released QB Kordell Stewart and DE Phillip Daniels.

BENGALS: Released DL Oliver Gibson.

BRONCOS: Promoted Ronnie Bradford to special teams coach and Troy Calhoun to offensive assistant-special teams. Named Kirk Doll defensive assistant-special teams.

BUCCANEERS: Promoted Jeremy Bates to assistant quarterbacks coach and Raheem Morris to assistant defensive backs coach. Named Joe Woods defensive quality control coach.

COLTS: Agreed to terms with DT Josh Williams on six-year contract.

FALCONS: Released CB Ray Buchanan and LB Sam Rogers.

JETS: Released LB Mo Lewis, S Sam Garnes and S Tyrone Carter. Signed RB Kenton Keith.

PANTHERS: Agreed to terms with WR Steve Smith on five-year contract extension.

PATRIOTS: Signed G Russ Hochstein.

RAMS: Signed G Adam Timmerman to five-yearcontract.

RAVENS: Agreed to terms with C Mike Flynn on five-year contract. Named O.J. Brigance director of player programs.

STEELERS: Agreed to terms with RB Jerome Bettis on one-year contract.

TITANS: Agreed to terms with WR Drew Bennett on multiyear contract.


DEVILS: Acquired C Viktor Kozlov from Panthers for F Christian Berglund and Deman Victor Uchevatov.

WILD: Signed LW Matt Johnson to multiyear contract extension.


D.C. UNITED (MLS): Waived M Jose Alegria.


Coming events

Saturday, Greenway Trail Marathon, 8 a.m., 301-353-0200. Saturday, WRRC Piney Run 5K, Eldersburg, 9 a.m., 410-795-2153. Sunday, Annapolis Striders' B&A Trail Marathon and Half Marathon, Severna Park HS, 7:30 a.m., 410-987-0674. Sunday, BRRC White Hall 15K, NCR Trail, 9 a.m., 410-377-7327. Sunday, HCS 5K, Swansfield ES, 2 p.m., 410-964-1998. March 13, All-American 5K Run, Aberdeen, 8:30 a.m., 410-272-1110. March 13, MCRRC Frozen Slopes 6K cross country, Derwood, 9 a.m., 301-353-0200. March 14, Outback Steakhouse 5K for the YMCA, 8:30 a.m., 410-465-4334. March 14, Shamrock 5K Run, Charles and Franklin streets, 1 p.m., 410-377-8882. March 20, Shamrock Marathon and 8K, Virginia Beach, Va., 7:30 a.m. March 20, McDaniel College 5K Track Run, Westminster, 9 a.m. March 20, MCRRC Piece of Cake 10K, Gaithersburg, 9 a.m., 301-353-0200. March 21, HCS 2M, 10K, 15K, Longfellow ES, 2 p.m., 410-964-1998.

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